Lifetime is heading back across the pond: The network has ordered Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal (working title), a follow-up movie to last year’s A Royal Romance, which starred Murray Fraser (Victoria) and Parisa Fitz-Henley (Midnight, Texas).
The sequel — which will recast its two leads due to “availability” issues — “continues the love story of newlyweds Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, pulling back the curtain to reveal the untold joys and challenges of life inside the royal family during their pivotal first year of marriage,” per Lifetime.
Becoming Royal is slated to air this spring.
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* Hulu, in partnership with Marvel Television, has ordered four new adult animation series: Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show and Marvel’s Howard The Duck, which will culminate in the team-up special
DC’s Marvel’s The Offenders.
* Running Wild With Bear Grylls, which aired for four seasons on NBC, is moving to NatGeo for Season 5 (premiering in December).
* Hallmark Channel has commissioned When Hope Calls, a When Calls the Heart spinoff that will focus on orphaned sisters Lillian (played by Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon), who were first introduced in When Calls the Heart‘s recent Christmas special. The spinoff will debut in August, exclusively on the streaming service Hallmark Movies Now.
* Hallmark Channel has renewed Chesapeake Shores for Season 4.
* BBC America will air Planet Earth III and Frozen Planet II in 2022 and 2021, respectively.
* For Top Gear Season 27, comedian Paddy McGuinness and cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff will join returning co-host Chris Harris. As previously announced, Season 26 (the last episodes featuring Matt LeBlanc) will debut on Thursday, April 25 at 9 pm on BBC America.
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